Before (and after!) you read this article, vote for Valerie in the Lowe's Senior Class Award as the top senior softballer in the country this year. As of last night the best player in the county was only in 5th place, which is an entirely unacceptable state of affairs. Do your duty!
Valerie Arioto is really good at softball. But, exactly how good is she? She's already a member of the USA National team. She's won a national player of the week award. But can honors like that truly measure what she's done and what she's capable of? What follows is an assortment of true facts. Some of them may have a bit more ‘truthiness’ to them than others. I’ll let you decide which are which.
- Valerie Arioto hits a home run every 5 at bats. Yes, you read that correctly. Every time she hits a ball that enters fair territory, it has a 20% chance of flying over the fences.
- Arioto takes walks to occasionally show opposing pitchers the kindness of mercy
- If you created a softball team that started 9 Valerie Ariotos, they would average approximately 14.5 runs per game*
*I used Bill James’s Runs Created stat to estimate how much a lineup of Ariotos would score in seven innings. I have no idea if RC reasonably translates to the very different run scoring environment of college softball, but for the purposes of this silly little article, I think it suffices.